Up until launch, the team behind Forza Motorsport 6 will be announcing their car list in big chunks. Today, a tasty chunk of said car list was released but in addition to that, it was also announced that Lime Rock Park will be in Forza Motorsport 6! Lime Rock park is a New England landmark and is a favorite track to racing enthusiasts all over the world so its awesome that we’ll see it in Forza Motorsport 6 once it releases this September. There will be 26 different tracks total when it is all said and done and I am looking forward to what’s announced next. I am also crossing my fingers that Long Beach will return! For the official Forza 6 Lime Rock Park press release and the list of cars announced today, scroll below.
1981 Ford #2 Zakspeed Racing Capri Turbo
1969 Ford Boss 302
1978 Ford Mustang II King Cobra
1966 Ford Country Squire
1985 Ford RS200 Evolution
1966 Ford GT40 Mk II
1966 Ford Lotus Cortina
1973 Ford Capri RS3100
1981 Ford Fiesta XR2
2007 Ford Shelby GT500
2000 Ford SVT Cobra R
1992 Ford Escort RS Cosworth
1993 Ford SVT Cobra R
1987 Ford Sierra Cosworth RS500
1965 Ford Mustang GT Coupe
1940 Ford De Luxe Coupe
2003 Ford Focus RS
1956 Ford F-100
1975 Ford Bronco
2011 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor
2011 Ford Transit SuperSportVan
1997 Mazda RX-7
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR
2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X GSR
1997 Honda Civic Type R
1997 Nissan Skyline GT-R V-Spec
2002 Lotus Esprit V8
2011 Peugeot 308 GTI
2004 Maserati MC12
1981 Volkswagen Scirocco S
2014 Alfa Romeo 4C
2011 Radical SR8 RX
2008 Lamborghini Reventon
2013 Donkervoort D8 GTO
2013 Vauxhall Astra 1.6 Tech Line Top Gear Edition
2014 Chevrolet Super Sport
2013 Dodge Ram Runner
1968 Oldsmobile Hurst/Olds 442
2011 BMW X5 M
1969 Ferrari Dino 246 GT
1995 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX
Face the Rolling Hills of Lime Rock Park with Ford’s Finest in the Forza Garage
Before we get into week four of the Forza Garage – what we are calling “Ford Week” since we are announcing a long list of incredible rides from one of America’s most exciting and prestigious automakers – let’s talk about our latest track announcement for “Forza Motorsport 6.”
At E3, we announced a number of new environments that are part of the 26 locales you’ll be able to race in Forza 6 – Rio de Janeiro, Daytona International Speedway, Watkins Glen and Brands Hatch. Today, we bring you Lime Rock Park.
Lime Rock Park
Nestled in the hills of New England, this gloriously serene setting has been a home to motorsport since 1957. While its rolling hills and dales may appear simplistic, mastering their complex camber and radii is something great drivers from every racing discipline have struggled to achieve for decades. The 1.5 miles of racing surface at Lime Rock was engineered with the help of Cornell Aeronautical Labs using scientific and highway-safety principles. The track’s six right-hand corners and single left-hand turn are deceptively fast, and its track width is utterly unforgiving. Heading uphill, you enter turn five blindly, so it will take time to master your turn in and braking. Nearly all the racing greats have tread here, from Paul Newman to Stirling Moss. Everything with wheels from stock cars to Formula 5000 have fought for victory or suffered in defeat on this American treasure. Now you can experience its challenge and majesty in “Forza Motorsport 6.”
This week, we also introduce a bevy of Fords to the lineup you will have the chance to experience on Sept. 15. Racing’s influence on Ford’s iconic cars is only matched by the automaker’s impact upon racing itself.
1981 Ford #2 Zakspeed Racing Capri Turbo
Raw, brutal and beautiful define the beast that is the #2 Zakspeed Racing Capri Turbo. This Deutsche Rennsport Meisterschaft-era silhouette racer kept Ford in the racing headlines following its besting of Ferrari at Le Mans in the 1960s and Formula One triumphs in the 1970s. Every element of the #2 Capri is dramatic – from its mammoth wheel arches that house bespoke cooling to its massive aero package from nose to tail. While the overall form of the Zakspeed Racing Capri resembles its road-going counterpart, that shape is where the similarities end. The #2 Capri’s overall height barely reaches the production car’s door sill and underneath the Kevlar-reinforced plastic body panels is an aluminum spaceframe. It’s powered by a fire-breathing monster of an engine that’s capable of reaching more than 9000 rpm. The engine suffered massive turbo lag – indicative of the era – but repaid its pilot with spectacular force under full boost. This icon of racing is not for the faint of heart, waiting to either bite your backside or blow your mind. Tread with caution, but enjoy every minute of the ride.
1969 Ford Boss 302
The 1969 Boss 302 is a legend of Trans-Am racing, built by Ford to compete against the scourge of GM victories. It was driven by the likes of Parnelli Jones and temporarily turned the tables in Ford’s favor in the 1970 season. This free-breathing old school V8 was capable of much more than controlled terror in a corner – in fact, it was downright sporting. Car & Driver Magazine called it “the best handling Ford to ever come out of Dearborn.” It may have been rated at 290 horsepower, but everyone knew upon driving it there were much closer to 400 ponies under the hood. With less than 2,000 built in 1969, the Boss 302 is the perfect competitor in any race of American steel.
Stay tuned to ForzaMotorsport.net for full details on our weekly car and track reveals leading up to launch this September.
If you’re into cars then you are probably a fan of Knight Rider and I mean the real Knight Rider not that reboot crap from a few years ago! If you’re a fan of Knight Rider you know that one of the best things about the show was K.I.T.T., the Pontiac Trans-Am with a sentient artificial-intelligence. K.I.T.T. was characterized by a small interface in the interior of the car with three light bars that pulsated as K.I.T.T. spoke. It was freakin’ awesome!
Now, thanks to Think Geek you can have K.I.T.T. in your car as well in the form of a USB charger that plugs into your 12V outlet. While not 100% faithful to the K.I.T.T. from the show it looks darn well good enough to evoke some awesome 80s memories. The best part about it is that it actually talks! And the lights pulsate to go along with the audio! Pretty sweet right?!
This K.I.T.T. charger can be yours for a mere $29 (plus shipping) on ThinkGeek.com. That is a steal compared to the $100,000 it cost to build the original K.I.T.T. All you need is one of these units, a Pontiac Trans-Am and a sweet David Hasselhoff 80’s afro and you’re equipped to fight crime (not really)! I definitely need this in my life. Like, now…
Forza Motorsport 6 is coming and each week the team at Turn 10 is building anticipation with weekly announcements of chunks of the 450 cars that will be in the final game. Today we find out that not one but two vintage McLaren race cars will be included in the roster. The first of which is the 1969 McLaren M8B CanAm race car. This #4 car was driven by Bruce McLaren himself in the ’69 CanAm series. Bruce and his Teammate Denny Hulme actually ended up winning every race that year. This car also provides a hint as to where the famous McLaren orange comes from.
The second car is the 1966 McLaren M2B Formula 1 race car. This car represents McLaren’s first shot at Formula 1 racing. It didn’t do very well in its first race but its what gave McLaren the F1 bug and started the legend that we know them as today.
While I obviously haven’t played the full version of Forza Motorsport 6 yet I have to admit that the inclusion of vintage race cars like these is really increasing my anticipation of the game. I can’t wait to review it! Oh, one more thing. In addition to announcing these two cars Turn 10 also has another long list of cars they are announcing this week as well. See it below.
This week’s Forza Motorsport 6 Car list:
1997 Volvo 850 R
1995 Ferrari F50
1976 McLaren #11 Marlboro Team McLaren M23
1976 Ferrari #1 Scuderia Ferrari 312T2
2013 Mercedes-Benz G 65 AMG
1966 Chaparral #66 Chaparral Cars 2E
2014 Rolls Royce Wraith
1985 Mazda RX-7 GSL-SE
1967 Ferrari 330 P4
2014 Honda Civic Si
1986 BMW M635CSi
2005 Lotus Elise 111S
1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS Coupe
1984 Ferrari GTO
1971 Plymouth Cuda 426 HEMI
1998 Toyota Supra RZ
1993 Renault Clio Williams
1969 Toyota 2000GT
1988 Volkswagen Scirocco 16v
2001 Audi RS 4 Avant
1988 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Super Sport
1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GTA Stradale
1999 Dodge Viper GTS ACR
1988 Lamborghini Countach LP5000 QV
1986 Alfa Romeo Spider Quadrifoglio Verde
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS-454
1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am
2008 Subaru Impreza WRX STi
1990 Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z
1992 Nissan Silvia CLUB K’s
1971 AMC Javelin AMX
1998 Volkswagen GTI VR6 Mk3
2014 Land Rover Range Rover Supercharged
1992 Bugatti EB110 SS
1968 Abarth 595 esseesse
2004 Saleen S7
1998 Eagle Talon TSi Turbo
2009 Pontiac Solstice GXP
One of my favorite things is when this car hobby that we’re all a part of does something good and makes the world better for people despite if they share our interests or not. I am happy to report that Mazda and their “Drive For Good” program has donated a 2016 Mazda MX-5 “launch edition” to St Jude Children’s Hospital so that they can raise funds by auctioning off the car this weekend (Saturday July 11th). If you wanted to get your hands on the very limited (only 1,000 examples were made) launch edition MX-5’s but couldn’t get on the list then this is your chance.
The live auction will take place at the St Jude “Hope In The Hamptons” event however you do not have to be there to bid. If you want a shot at this MX-5 you can bid online live via Proxbid. The auction starts on Saturday, July 11th at 8:30pm eastern time. For more info check out the auction link and official press release below. Happy bidding!
Mazda Drive for Good Donates MX-5 Launch Edition to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®
Mazda North American Operations, through its Mazda Drive for Good program, donated a 2016 MX-5 Miata Launch Edition, one of only 1,000 made for the U.S. market, to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® to be auctioned at its inaugural Hope for the Hamptons event on July 11, 2015. The all-new MX-5 Launch Edition will be available for Proxibid online auction benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital as part of St. Jude Hope in the Hamptons. Prebidding for this car is available until July 11 at 8:30pm Eastern. Or, bid live online on Proxibid during the auction, beginning Saturday, July 11 at approximately, 8:30 pm Eastern. www.proxibid.com/stjude
By the time you read this Comic Con 2015 will be in full swing. Hundreds of thousands of people have descended upon San Diego for the world’s biggest nerd party. And we’re missing out! Yes, unfortunately, we were unable to make it to Comic Con this year but that doesn’t mean we can’t combine our love for cars and comics in honor of the event. In the video below we go over our top 5 favorite cars from Marvel movies. Scroll down and nerd out with us, won’t you?
Here is a bit of personal info about me. I have a niece and nephew. My nephew is 5 and my niece will soon be 14 (God..shes a teenager!). However, back when the original Crazy Kart from Razor was released my niece was 12 and my nephew was 3. That left me with a problem when they came to visit. My niece was big enough to drive the kart but my poor nephew had to watch from the sidelines. Not only was he a bit to small to drive the kart, but the original Crazy Kart has a top speed of 12mph which is way too much speed for a child that young to control. The worst part denying the little guy was his sad face! Ugh, it killed me.
It looks like Razor themselves have seen a few sad faces because they have fixed the “you’re too young to drive this” problem with their new drift kart the “Lil Crazy.” The Lil Crazy can be piloted by children as young as 3 years old. It is much smaller so its a better fit for kids that age, its easier to drive (no “drift handle”), and its top speed is a safe but fun 2mph.
If you want to pick up a Lil Crazy drift kart for your little ones, it can be had for $99 at Toys R Us. For a better look of the Lil Crazy click the thumbnails below for pictures. To see it in action check out the video below as well.
Racing games have gotten more and more realistic over time. Games like Gran Turismo, Forza Motorsport and Project CARS have all aimed to get as close as possible to bringing a real driving and racing experience home. However, as realistic as these games are they can only go so far into replicating the true experience. It doesn’t matter how awesome Forza Motorsport looks, if you’re playing it sitting on your couch holding a controller it just isn’t going to measure up as well to the real thing.
There are other ways to further enhance the experience such as using a racing wheel peripheral rather can a controller. One could also make use of a rig such as the type sold by our friends at Playseat Racing. A wheel and a proper seat rig can really take the experience that extra step to really make players feel like they are racing. Although, if you have the desire (and the money) you can take it even further than that.
That is where the TL3 Racing Simulator Pod comes in. As the name suggests, the TL3 is a full-sized simulator made specifically to re-create the racing experience as realistically as possible. The TL3 pod features a 200 degree wrap around 6 million pixel seamless screen so that users can look full left or full right and be completely surrounded by the virtual cockpit and racing environment. The seat in the TL3 can be adjusted to different positions depending on the type of racing involved (more upright for rally and GT racing and more of a horizontal position for open wheel racing) and moves on 3 axis’s hence the “3” in the TL3’s name.
It comes with a powerful PC to run its racing simulator as smoothly as possible and also comes with a high end racing wheel peripheral with realistic pedals to make the experience that much better. The makers of the TL3 really wanted to make sure they were as accurate as possible. In fact they even worked with an F1 team to develop the TL3 and many customers of the TL3 are professional drivers who wish to hone their skills at home.
So, how much does a set up like this go for? The TL3 retails for about 34,995 British Pounds which is about $54,000 in the good ol’ USA. The TL3 is definitely not cheap. There are stripped down versions that can be had for less money though. There is a TL2 (seat moves on two axis’s) and the 200 series which has a more stripped down exterior. Both of the aforementioned units can be had for less money. Although, if I could afford it I’d definitely go for the flagship TL3.
How about you? Would you fork over $54k for the TL3? Do you think its worth it or a complete waste of cash? Let us know in the comments or tweet to us at @MotorworldHype. If you want to see how the TL3 works check out the official video below.
Codemasters F1 2015 is coming out soon and we are definitely excited for it. We had a taste of it at E3 2015 last month and while it was just a short experience we enjoyed it. Now, it is obviously still possible that once the full game comes out there may be a pile of things we hate about it. But, that seems unlikely at this point. Today, just before the British Grand Prix weekend Codemasters has released a new trailer which lists off some of F1 2015’s game modes and features as well as demonstrates the kind of imagery their new game engine can muster. They also released some in-game Silverstone screen shots as well. Check out the trailer and the screen shot gallery below!
The BRZ and the new WRX STi aren’t exactly long in the tooth but who says that something needs to be stale before it deserves a little shake up? Subaru has decided that they want to throw a new super limited edition color at the BRZ and the STi dubbed “Hyper Blue”. The hue is a much lighter shade than the “World Rally Blue Pearl” that we are used to seeing on Suby’s models. Only 700 WRX STi cars and 500 BRZ cars will be sprayed with the new color for the US Market. Both cars will feature color matched interior stitching and other accents to go with the new exterior color.
There is no mention on if a higher MSRP will accompany the new paint job but considering the limited numbers I think it would be safe to bet that these models will have a decent mark up on them when they hit dealerships this fall. For more info check out the official press release below. You can also click on the thumbnails for HD resolution pictures. What do you think of the new color? Love it? Hate it? Let us know in the comments or tweet to us at @MotorworldHype.
Limited to 700 WRX STI & 500 BRZ
BRZ receives upgraded SUBARU STARLINK® Multimedia
Rear Vision Camera now standard on BRZ
Exclusive Hyper Blue exterior paint and interior trims
Cherry Hill, N.J. – Subaru of America, Inc. has announced the 2016 Series.HyperBlue limited edition available exclusively on BRZ and WRX STI models. As a follow up to the 2015 Series.Blue BRZ, the 2016 Series.HyperBlue cars feature exterior paint in Subaru’s exclusive Hyper Blue with matching interior trim. Production will be limited to 700 WRX STI and 500 BRZ cars for the United States. Vehicles will go on sale this Fall.
Series.Hyper.Blue WRX STI
Powered by the legendary 305-horsepower 2.5-liter turbocharged/intercooled BOXER engine, the WRX STI helped to pioneer the sport compact segment with a rally-bred drivetrain and Multi-Mode Driver Controlled Center Differential (DCCD) Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. Standard handling technologies include Active Torque Vectoring, Multi-Mode Vehicle Dynamics Control and a Brembo® Performance Brake System with Super Sport ABS.
The Series.HyperBlue trim brings exclusive blue stitching to the standard Alcantara® seats, leather wrapped steering wheel, manual transmission shifter boot, console as well as carpeted floor mats with the traditional Cherry Red STI logo. Series.HyperBlue WRX STI wears 18-inch BBS® Black Alloy wheels and black badging with black painted exterior mirrors. SUBARU STARLINK 7.0” Multimedia Navigation System comes standard on this trim with 9 Harman/Kardon® speakers and 440-watt amplifier.
The WRX STI is equipped exclusively with a specially reinforced 6-speed manual transmission. A flat-bottom, leather-wrapped tilt/telescoping steering wheel integrates switches for audio and Bluetooth. The STI Design electroluminescent gauge panel integrates a 3.5-in. central LCD screen that displays various functions such as windshield washer fluid and the selected gear.
The Series.HyperBlue models come standard with Keyless Access with Push-Button Start and PIN Code Access. Standard Welcome Lighting automatically turns on interior illumination and exterior lights as the driver approaches or departs the car.
The Subaru BRZ marked a return to the fundamentals of sports car design, emphasizing low vehicle weight, an ultra-low center of gravity and precision steering. A 200-horsepower 2.0-liter BOXER engine powers all BRZ models.
For 2016, the BRZ receives the STARLINK 6.2” Multimedia System with a 6.2-in. single-touch gesture display, AM/FM stereo with HD Radio®, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, Radio Data Broadcast System, single-disc CD player, Bluetooth® hands-free phone connectivity and audio streaming, iPod® control, iTunes® Tagging, a USB port and an auxiliary input jack. Smartphone integration features Aha™ and Pandora®, along with STARLINK cloud applications iHeartRadio®, Stitcher, Calendar, Music Player, News and Weather. New for 2016, the BRZ receives standard rear vision camera.
The Series.HyperBlue BRZ cabin features an exclusive design scheme. The leather and Alcantara upholstery includes Hyper blue leather seat bolsters and head restraints. Blue stitching accents the seats and the blue and black leather-wrapped steering wheel, as well as the shift lever boot and leather-wrapped parking brake handle. The blue motif carries to the center console kneepads and door trim, accented by an embroidered silver BRZ logo on the front seatbacks. Carpeted floor mats also pick up the BRZ logo and blue stitching.
The exterior continues the Series.HyperBlue theme with 17-inch black alloy wheels, black glossy badging and painted black finish exterior mirrors. A frameless day/night rear-view mirror and simulated carbon fiber center dash panel add a high-tech look, and the finishing touch is an illuminated engine start / stop button.
Pricing on these models will be announced this Fall.
About Subaru of America, Inc.
Subaru of America, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. of Japan. Headquartered at a zero-landfill office in Cherry Hill, N.J., the company markets and distributes Subaru vehicles, parts, and accessories through a network of more than 620 retailers across the United States. All Subaru products are manufactured in zero-landfill production plants, and Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc. is the only U.S. automobile production plant to be designated a backyard wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. For additional information, visit media.subaru.com.
What? More E3 stuff? Yep! Although admittedly we are reaching the end of our E3 content so if you’re sick of it then take heart because its almost over! If you’re loving it then unfortunately we’re nearing the end! Anyhow, lets get down to business. There was no way we were going to leave E3 this year without playing the new Need For Speed game which is making its re-booted return after a two year “hiatus”. I use the word “hiatus” lightly because its not like Ghost Games (the development team behind Need For Speed) were taking a break. Need For Speed’s publisher, Electronic Arts decided to take their marquee racing title off its yearly release schedule to give their dev team more time to work on each title.
The newest Need For Speed is the first game to come from this new dev cycle and it definitely sets itself a part from previous titles. First, lets address the elephant in the room. The reason why this Need For Speed is simply Need For Speed with no subtitle is because this is a complete reboot of the series and it contains elements from many other previous Need For Speed games. You’ll find flavors of Underground, Rivals, Hot Pursuit and more all wrapped up into this new title. Second, lets get to the important stuff such as gameplay, looks, and experience. Luckily, I have all that wrapped up in a video below. I also had a chance to interview one of the producers from Ghost Games and pick her (Yes HER. Girl power mofos) brain about some of the creative and design choices the team made on this new title. Enjoy it all below!